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Tuesday, August 8, 2006


Posted by on August 8 at 15:37 PM

After reading this short piece in the Sydney Morning Herald about the Sydney Symphony’s Symphony at the Movies, I began wondering why American orchestras have failed to include the best of Bernard Herrmann in their repertoires. Is he neglected because he scored Hollywood thrillers? He is certainly the greatest film composer of all time, and one certainly doesn’t need the movie images to enjoy completely his atmospheric compositions. Maybe the Seattle Symphony can shake its present funk by making a leap of faith and embracing a mind whose music turns what ever space it enters into cinema.


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but didn't they do an all herrmann program just last season ?
mind you it was billed as a hitchock retrospective syphony playing herrmann to film excerpts but still..
and while we're at it does anybody out there have a recording of bill frisell plaing the main theme from the van sant/psycho rescored by danny elfman ?
the soundtrack recording doesn't include it. but it's at the end of film and i've been looking for it for years..

yeah, I heard an interview with the guy who organized it on The Beat.

I don't think they promoted it very well.

Maybe Charles should organized something at The Big Picture.

I could use a beer.

here in the states, wouldn't john williams probably be considered the greatest? i'm sure he's won more awards-- and his themes would most likely be more widely recognized?

John Williams is to Bernard Herrmann as a colostomy bag full of high fructose corn syrup is to a bottle of 1921 Chateau d'Yquem.

Sorry, that would be Ennio MF Morricone.

Yeah, I'm with FNARF - if you're going to do symphonic versions of contemporary film scores, give me a good Jerry Goldsmith or Elmer Bernstein or James Horner over Johnny *cough!* "Lost In Space" *cough!* Williams any day.

and howard shore is prolly going to be up there in the top ten when the day is done..

Agreed about Bernard, but I think Ennio Morricone is the bomb too.

I'll watch any scored Morricone film just to hear the music. Tarrintino really did a hats off in Kill Bill to Morricone's fine music.

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